Injured jewel thief pleads guilty

Last updated 12:56 18/03/2014

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A jewel thief who broke bones in his feet trying to out run police has pleaded guilty to taking gold jewellery from an inner city store.

Graham Aspinall, 24, of Paraparaumu Beach, appeared in the Wellington District Court dock today on crutches but had to ask for a seat while his bail application was heard by Judge Peter Hobbs.

He pleaded guilty to the theft of gold jewellery from the Walker and Hall store on Lambton Quay on March 10.  The value of the jewellery is under dispute, his lawyer Keith Jefferies said.

An senior off-duty police officer had chased him but has backed off when he allegedly produced a firearm.  

Aspinall has pleaded not guilty to the charge of using an imitation firearm to avoid arrest.

He was later arrested after being spotted by a member of the public who called police.  

He was injured after he jumped off a rail bridge at Paremata.

He was released from hospital at the weekend.

Judge Hobbs refused to grant him bail and remanded him in custody until May.

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